What was your reaction when you heard them announce you as the winner of the Jewellery category?
I was overwhelmed and happy. I had a lot of emotions all at once.
Tell us a bit about yourself. What did you study?
I'm a jewellery designer and manufacturer. I first started jewellery in 2012 when I received a learnership. In 2015, I started an internship where I learnt more about the art.
What made you enter the competition?
I was intrigued by the idea of incorporating concrete in jewellery design. I loved the challenge and I also wanted to try something new.
What was your experience of the competition?
It was interesting and it made me want to work more with concrete. I have a lot of new ideas for things I can create using concrete.
What inspired your concept?
I was inspired by life itself. The beginning, the living and the end.
Where to next now that you have won an award from the PPC Imaginarium Awards?
Taking part and winning an award has boosted my career. It has given me a head start, and one day I hope to own my own studio.
What insights or advice do you have for those entering the 2018 awards?
Just have fun. Enjoy your own creation and the best will come out of it.
What would you like to see more of in the art and design sector of South Africa?
I'd like to see jewellery art being exposed more so that the public can learn more about the art and appreciate it.
Should anyone want to view or purchase your designs, how can they contact you?
I'm on Instagram (zvilakazi) and on Facebook (Zanele Mikki Vilakazi).